Schedule a lesson: (630) 639-6609

The first rock band

If we look up the name of the first Rock band, we find Bill Haley and the Comets. Google might be a mighty force, but in this case it seems to be mistaken. I was reading a book on the origins of the drum kit and the first trace of a bass drum pedal can be attributed to a
Read More

Easy or difficult?

Today we’re talking about the simplicity of music. There is an enduring myth out there that music is difficult. It has to be, because if you’ve been on this earth for awhile, chances are you will meet someone who tried to become a professional musician and
Read More

The surge.

Are you like me? Are you fed-up of being cooped up? Are you sometimes thinking it would be nice to be able to go to the restaurant and leave the dishes to someone else? Do you long to see your family, your friends without asking for their medical records or probe into their
Read More

To conclude

I have asked around. The same question every time. To every one I know. I write it in a dramatic way because the answers were unanimously dramatically bad.  No, we will not regret 2020! 2020 was an awful year. 2020 was the bottom of every ones life. 2020 is a cursed year, no
Read More

The Christmas chord.

We have all sang, at a moment or another a Christmas song. Whether it was a simple little tidbit like Rudolph or something more ambitious like White Christmas. But a lot of Christmas, although they seem to roll of the tongue because they are so catchy, have a special chord in
Read More

A Merry Christmas

Christmas was a big deal in my family. My step-father would go in the nearby forest and cut a tree. Tchac! Just like that! My sister and I would help him haul it in the house, set it up straight and strong into one of those little flimsy device you can never set the Christmas
Read More

A thin line

I spend a lot of time these days gauging the efforts of my students. When I conceive a page of exercise, I think of them as stones my people can walk on to cross a river. If I put the stones too close together, they are making no progress and it becomes boring, and if I put the
Read More

Easy melodies

I am not sure why I am a musician. I don’t think it was because of my talent. I don’t think fate had anything to do with it either. My parents didn’t push me to become a drummer or a piano player. My friends either. One strong reason maybe: I like music.
Read More

Perfect as an exit door

I just talked about chaos and it pitfalls, let’s now talk about its counterpart, perfection, and what damage it can do to a budding musician. I know a lot of people who want to study an instrument. It could be drum or piano, which are the instruments I happen to teach, but
Read More

Chaos

Nature seems chaotic. To every semblance of logic and order, there are millions of situations that seem to be left to chance. This fish is supposed to eat that one, but just got gulped by a seal. That person rushes to her appointment, one that would decide her fate, but
Read More